Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"Secrets of the Masters" Profile by ICIJ: 'Never Forget You Have Only One Boss: the Truth'

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists featured a Q&A with me about my career as a Newsday investigative reporter and the author of four books, including "Masters of Sex" that is being made into a Showtime series. Here's one of the questions: What do you consider some of the most important lessons you have learned over the years?
-Uncovering is better than covering. Keep everything on the record. Slowly spell out the names of interviewees and repeat it to them so it’s absolutely correct. -Cogitate, ruminate and revise. Clear writing is the result of clear thinking. -Be as hospitable and friendly as possible to the targets of your investigation. Create an atmosphere where they are most comfortable revealing the truth as they see it. -Remember that wanting to be understood is one of the deepest, most misunderstood of human desires. Make the most of it as a writer. -Use wit and humor to keep your audience’s attention (America’s newspapers truly are awful at this) and leave open the door for redemption with even your worst sinners. -Never sell out. Find a loved one who understands why journalism is priceless.

Authors Night in Hamptons Features MAFIA SPIES

Alec Baldwin and Thomas Maier. This year's Authors Night for the East Hampton Library promises to be as much fun as in years pas...